Ms. Gokturk                                                                                                     



The Mid-Term Essay (100 points)


YOUR TASK: Write an essay (4-6 pages double spaced) that explores the ideas presented thus far in the course.  You may either write about Zoline’s story alone OR develop a controlling idea about any two works we have read thus far (The Time Machine, “Adam and No Eve,” “A Pail of Air,” “The Last Flower,” “There Will Come Soft Rains,” “The Heat Death of the Universe”). Please submit your final essay, double spaced to Turnitin by the due date. Plan ahead: get yourself to the Writing Center at some stage of your essay for extra help.  Get documentation to submit for extra credit.


Your controlling idea [thesis] should be a specific, interesting, and an arguable position. Your job is to explore the text/s and teach your reader what you found. Beyond stating the obvious, your position should explore why/how the author/s has/have created this work.  In other words, what commentary does the author make about society/values? Please see The Writing Center handout.



Idea Bank for Zoline Only Essay:

  1. Select one or more of the terms from the pre-reading list to help you construct a controlling idea. For example:
    1. This story is a fugue + how/why
    2. This story is a Dada text. + how/why
    3. This is a feminist text + how/why
    4. Explore how this is an Absurd text (commentary on the human condition) and how this enhances social commentary (i.e., being forced into a role as housewife). + how/why
    5. Sarah Boyle is modern Kali Goddess of Chaos. + how/why
    6. Your choice!  There are at least 49 terms on that list! + how/why
  2. This story uses art is used to make social commentary. What is the social commentary? + how/why
  3. This story uses the theme of opposing forces/dualities to develop (fill in an idea). + how/why
  4. Critical Lens: Paragraph (insert number) can be used to analyze the rest story as (what is being revealed). + how/why
  5. This story uses the theme of [choose one] reproduction / mass production / replication / cancer / absorption / etc. to reveal _____. + how/why
  6. This world is sick and dying because _____. + how/why
  7. This story’s emphasis on color/art/music shows (insert theme). + how/why
  8. Explore patterns / math / number significance.  What is the mathematical truth of this text? + how/why
  9. Explore one or more other analogy (beyond Entropy/Heat Death) to explore this text as a metaphysical conceit. What previously unlikely comparison allows us to gain new insight? + how/why
  10. Explore how the theme of consumption is used. + how/why
  11. How / why does Sarah Boyle experience a crisis in identity? + how/why
  12. ____ gives life value. + how/why
  13. Structure. + how/why
  14. Other idea? The possibilities are endless. + how/why


Idea Bank for Two or More Works:

  1. Develop a controlling idea about two works we read.  Consider one or more of the following ideas + how/why:
    1. Community
    2. Consumption
    3. Earth Abides
    4. Perils of Technology
    5. Ouroboros
    6. Entropy
    7. Devolution
    8. Paradise, beauty
  2. Explore how imbalanced societies cannot last.  + how/why or examine how society/civilization is built/maintained + how/why
  3. Select one passage from one work to use as a base for analyzing the other/s. + how/why
  4. Examine the structure of the works.  How is the structure important to understanding the content? + how/why
  5. Opposing forces reveal ______.+ how/why
  6. ____ gives life value. The texts force the reader to contemplate ____. + how/why
  7. Select an allusion / symbol from each work and explore how it is important to the work as a whole. + how/why
  8. Other idea?